The cargo vessel, which is reportedly responsible for the launch capsize in Shitalakshya river, was quickly repainted to avert being seized, officials have said.
Coast Guard commander at Pagla station lieutenant Ashmadul Islam said the cargo vessel SKL-3 cruised fast soon after hitting the passenger vessel which capsized leaving 34 people dead. Even the nor’easter at that time couldn’t stop her.
“In a quickest move, the cargo was repainted and it was anchored near the coast guard station at Gazaria in Munshiganj. However, we have seized it today, Thursday,” lieutenant Ashmadul Islamhe said.
Coast Guard personnel also arrested 14 people including the master of the cargo vessel owned by a member of parliament (MP).
Being reportedly hit by the cargo vessel, the passenger launch Sabit Al Hassan capsized in Shitalakshya River on 4 April after it had left Narayanganj for Munshiganj.
The Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) filed a case with Narayanganj Bandar police station on 6 April.
Officer-in-charge of the police station, Dipak Chandra Saha said name of the cargo ship, its master and owner, were not mentioned in the complaint.
Explaining the reason, BIWTA officer Babulal Baidya said the name of that vessel was not found in the video footage that was collected as evidence.
So the case was filed against unnamed cargo vessel, he added.
“Details of the responsible cargo and the related persons would be revealed by investigation,” Babulal Baidya said.
Earlier, police, representatives of launch owners association and witnesses held SKL-3 cargo ship (registration No: M-01-2643) responsible for the accident.
It is learnt that the ship has been owned by SK Logistics–a venture of Bagerhat-2 constituency lawmaker Sheikh Tonmoy.